Thursday, 23 May 2013

No easy answers from ISO/IEC 29119

The new ‘definitive’ software testing standard may not meet the needs of systems architects.

The value of standards seems to be that they help you to ask for simple answers instead of complicated ones. For example, I don't have to ask for a detailed report on the combustion properties of the fuel in the petrol pump. If I really want to know that it’s the right kind of fuel, I just need to look on the pump for a label mentioning the standard ‘BS EN 228:2004’. Similarly, as an information systems architect, I don't have to ask for a detailed explanation of the remote management interface on a home router: for my purposes it's often enough to ask whether its supports the standard ‘TR-069’.